Gosainkunda Lake Trek

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    6 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    4380 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Langtang & Helambu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

The Gosainkunda Lake Trek is one of the most popular and stunning treks in the popular Langtang Region. It is a short trekking journey that is perfect for those nature, culture, and adventure enthusiasts as well as spiritual believers who are short in time for long journeys.  

The ultimate destination of this 6-day Himalayan trekking journey is the holy lake of Gosainkunda Lake which is situated high above at 4380 meters above sea level. Gosainkunda (lake) is an alpine freshwater lake located at Langtang National Park covering an area of around 34 acres. It is the sacred lake of the Langtang region and has been mentioned in various scriptures, thus - a famed pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhist followers. Hindu devotees believe that taking a dip into this lake will purify sins. The lake and the trail are flocked by pilgrims from all over Nepal and India for the auspicious day of Janai Purnima. 

The Gosainkunda Lake is mostly traveled from a religious perspective. However, it is one of the best destinations in Nepal that is closest to the Kathmandu Valley to experience Himalayan trekking, unwind and take in natural beauty. The Gosainkunda Trek trail passes through various jagged forests, lakes, & rivers. Walking alongside the mesmerizing surroundings, one can observe varied landscapes as well as pine, bamboo, magnolia, and rhododendron forests. It is also believed that there are around 108 lakes in the area with religious significance and during this 6-day journey, you will be able to discover 5 of them including the Gosainkunda itself along with Saraswati Kunda, Suryakunda, Bhairabkunda, & Nagkunda.

As the holy water of Gosainkunda and the trekking trail to it falls inside the Langtang National Park, you will have an opportunity to encounter a number of endangered species, including red pandas, Himalayan mountain bears, Musk deer, Himalayan wild goats, and snow leopards. The Gosainkunda Lake Trekking route also rewards the trekkers with the stunning vistas of the Himalayan peaks such as Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gangchhenpo (6388m), Dorje Lakpa, Dokpu peak (5930m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Yala Peak (5500m), Ganesh Himal, Hiunchuli, Mt. Manaslu (8153m), Tibetan Peaks, etc.

Along with the nature and adventure experience, the trekkers can get an insight into the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the locals who are mainly Tamang people. 

Whether you are a nature or culture or adventure buff, this trek to magical Gosainkunda Lake fulfills your desire in just 6 days. If you want a longer version or want to indulge yourself in nature for a longer time, go for Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trek and have a new yet beautiful experience.

Gosainkunda Trek Highlights

  • Experience one of the must-do treks in Nepal
  • Pass on through the riverside along with the beautiful landscape and green surroundings
  • Wander inside the lush forests of Rhododendron, pine, and magnolia trees
  • A great trek inside the famous Langtang National Park
  • Opportunity to encounter unique flora and fauna including the endangered Red Panda 
  • Mesmerizing views of Tibetan peaks, Hiunchuli, Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu range
  • Perform puja in Gosainkunda, the holy lake for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Get to observe other holy lakes such as Saraswati Kunda, Suryakunda, Bhairabkunda, Nagkunda, etc. 
  • Get an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the locals (Tamang community)

Gosainkunda Trek Difficulty 

The Gosainkunda Trek is rated as medium hard in terms of difficulty, but the difficulty of a trek depends upon the factors such as trekking days, trekking terrain, itinerary, route, distance, altitude, experience, etc. 

There are different itineraries depending upon the route you choose. This particular Gosaikunda Trek journey is a 6-day plan where you will have to walk for four full days. You will arrive at the ultimate destination, Gosainkunda Lake at 4380 meters in just two days from Dhunche (2100m). The trails can occasionally get steeper and more difficult, but for the most part, they have a low angle of ascent and are simple to ascend. You will also have to walk for an average of 5-7 hours every day. So, you will need to be mentally and physically fit. You do need experience but we suggest you engage in some physical sports such as hiking, cycling, swimming, etc. for months before your departure for the trek. 

Altitude Sickness could be a factor in making your Gosainkunda Lake Trek challenging as you will be trekking in a region higher than 3000m. However, if you ascend gradually and properly acclimatize, it shouldn't have an impact on you during the journey. Many problems can be resolved by drinking lots of water and eating healthily. However, neglecting the symptoms could be dangerous. So, as soon as you notice a symptom inform your guide or go to a lower elevation where the air is sufficient. In addition, you can take Diamox, a medication that eases altitude sickness.

Another challenge you could face is due to your choice of the season (time) for the trek. So, choose your travel dates wisely. 

Best time to do Gosainkunda Lake Trek

The Gosainkunda Trek can be done throughout the year but spring and autumn are considered the best period to get the best experience. 

After the end of the dry, harsh, and cold winter, the spring season slowly brings warmness and life to the vegetation. The skies are clear, the weather is stable, the temperature is pleasant, and the trails are dry and easily traceable during the spring months of March, April & May. It is also the time when the forest blooms with rhododendron and magnolia blossoms, giving it a vibrant appearance. The views of the Himalayas and the surroundings are stunning without obstructions. The lake seems serene and is still sometimes frozen in the first month of spring. 

Another best time to complete the Gosainkunda trek with the best experience is in the fall. This post-monsoon season offers a clear blue sky, fresh air, and awe-striking views of the Himalayan peaks and the Gosainkunda Lake. The days are warm, sunny, and long enough for long walks. The temperatures are pleasant, the weather is stable and the trails are dry and traceable. You will hike along the terraced farms getting ready to be harvested or being harvested. 

Summertime before monsoon hits is also a great time for the Gosainkunda trek to enjoy lush and beautiful surroundings. However, after the monsoon begins at the end of June, the trails get slippery, the views get obstructed by the clouds and fogs, and the insects like leeches and earthworms might be a great concern. However, if you want to take part in this challenge, you can go for this 6-day journey with proper gear and great determination. You will be rewarded with stunning waterfalls, roaring rivers, and frequent rainbows. 

The winter season begins in December and snow starts to fall in the Langtang region as winter approaches. It is still viable to do the Gosainkunda trek in early December when the skies are clear. However, as the days pass by and mid/late December gets underway and the temperatures rapidly drop, it will be quite hard to do this trek. The days will be sunny but short and the nights will be chilly for the rest of the winter months. Though the winter season is not recommended for the Gosainkunda Trek, it is still possible to complete it with the proper gear, and knowledge. You will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of mountains and hills covered in snow, frozen lakes, and snowfall.

Permits do to Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Trekkers are required to obtain the following permits for this wonderful Gosainkunda Trek. 

1. TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit

2. Langtang National Park Entry Permit 

Note: Both of these permit costs are included in the package. 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche

🕑 5/6 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 1960 M

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and start the journey to Gosaikunda with a drive to Dhunche. We will travel along a lovely picturesque route, the large gushing Trishuli River, beautiful settlements, terraced farms, and scenic pastures with views of the Himalayan ranges such as Jugal and Langtang to get to Dhunche. 

After around 5-6 hours of the private drive, we will reach Dhunche where we check in at a lodge and rest for a bit. Later, we will take a stroll through the village, interact with the locals and take in the wonderful views from the village. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 2: Trek to Sing Gompa/Chandan Bari

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3200 M

After eating breakfast in Dhunche, we will begin our walk on day 2 and ascend toward Sing Gompa which is also known as Chandan Bari. Within 10 minutes of leaving the town of Dhunche, we will enter the forested trail of rhododendron, pine tree, brown and green Oak, and Bamboo. After around three hours of ascending, we will reach a tiny beautiful settlement of Deurali at 2500 meters offering a stunning view of Mount Ganesh. The mountain peaks begin to appear from now onwards. 

We will go through many streamlets and cascades and a village of Dhimsa at 2900 meters. Then the climb from Dhimsa is a little challenging because the path ascends through lovely pine forests. This trail offers some vantage places from where Mt. Langtang Lirung may be seen. As we get closer to Singa Gompa, we can sight the prayer flags. After making a number of inclining hills ascent, we reach our destination for the day. 

Sing Gompa (Chandan Bari) is a village nestled in the midst of a pine forest, at a height of 3200 meters rich in Tibetan culture. A little monastery named Sing Gompa and the yak cheese factory are the major attractions here. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 3: Trek to Gosainkunda

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4380 M

Starting off the third day early in the morning, our walk goes through the pine forest. After a couple of hours of continuous walking, we can see the trees thinning out into grassy meadows. Our path slowly gets steeper and more difficult but gives stunning views of the nearby mountains when the sky is clear. We will get to enjoy a fantastic view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ngadi Chuli, Langtang Lirung, and Mt. Manaslu from Cholangpati. 

We continue and reach a place called Lauribina/ Lauri Binayak where we will halt for the lunch. Our trek continues with the views of peaks in a drier region. As we continue, we will soon start to recognize the lakes that make up the Gosainkunda lake region. We first pass by Saraswati Kunda, then Bhairab Kunda, and finally the ultimate destination of this Gosainkunda Trek which definitely is the Gosainkunda Lake.  

By reaching Gosainkunda, you can relieve all the stress and pain that you have incurred on the trek and enjoy the excitement of reaching the top respectively.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek Back to Sing Gompa

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3200 M

Today early morning, you will explore Gosainkunda Lake and enjoy the sunrise, and then trek back to Sing Gompa, passing along through the different landscapes and jagged forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. We might also get to get glimpses of the different birds and animals on the route. We reach today’s destination, Sing Gompa after 5-6 hours of descending with the great Himalayan vista in the backyard. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek Back to Dhunche

🕑 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 1960 M

We leave Sing Gompa after breakfast and start descending via the same route we used to ascend to Gosainkunda. Our trail goes down the dense forest of pine, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron trees. Once we are in Dhunche, we check in and rest. Later, we will walk around the town interacting with the locals. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Drive Back to Kathmandu

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 1350 M

With the end of our Gosainkunda Lake Trek, we get ready for the return trip to Kathmandu today. So after a warm and delicious breakfast, our driving journey back to the capital begins. Enjoying the views of the Himalayas, forests, pastures, small settlements, and terraced fields, we enter the Kathmandu Valley with different scenery from what we saw for the past 3 days. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Includes

  • Kathmandu – Dhunche & Dhunche – Kathmandu on a private vehicle
  • Best available teahouse/lodge/guest house accommodations on a twin sharing basis
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • English-speaking professional trekking Guide and Porter (if required)
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) 
  • Applicable Government Taxes

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Any cost occurred from unfavorable conditions such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

FAQ'S

Q. 1. Where is Gosainkunda Lake?

Gosainkunda Lake sits in the Langtang region in the Rasuwa district a height of 4380 meters above sea level. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is one of the easily accessible treks within close proximity to the capital, Kathmandu. 

Q. 2. What is the best time to do the Gosainkunda Lake Trek?

Alike other Himalayan treks in Nepal, the Gosainkunda Trek is best done in the spring and autumn seasons. However, it is possible to complete it in other seasons too with proper guidance and gear.

Q. 3. Do I need experience in trekking for Gosainkunda Lake Trek?

No prior trekking experience is mandatory for the Gosainkunda Lake Trek but you should be both physically and mentally healthy. Physical training, months before the trek will help you a lot.

Q. 4. How hard is Gosainkunda Trek?

Gosainkunda Trek is considered a moderate trek. Trekkers need to be physically bit and mentally determined to complete it. 

Q. 5. How many lakes are there in the Gosainkunda area?

It is believed that there are 108 lakes in the Gosainkunda region. 

Q. 6. Can I get access to Wi-Fi/Internet in during Gosainkunda Trek?

Some teahouses have Wi-Fi facilities and will provide it at an additional cost while some on the higher side don’t. Even though there happens to be Wi-fi/internet, it might not work properly. 

Q. 7. Will I get altitude sickness during Gosainkunda Lake Trek?

As you will be walking and sleeping above 3000 meters in this trek, there is a chance of getting it but the chances are not high as we have structured the itinerary so that you are properly acclimatized to the environment. However, make sure to inform your guide if you experience any symptoms so they can take the appropriate measures.

Q. 8. Do I need permits to do Gosainkunda Lake Trek?

Yes, trekkers need to obtain TIMS as the trekking permit and National Park Entry Permit to do Gosainkunda Lake Trek as the route falls in Langtang National Park. 

Accommodations During the Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Himalayan Trekkers’ trekking packages include the best teahouse/guesthouse/lodge accommodations available in the region for this Gosainkunda Lake Trek. The amenities will be very basic to that of Kathmandu. The rooms will be on twin sharing basis with some basic furniture. Both the dining room and restroom/bathrooms are communal. And the majority of tea houses and lodges have electricity available for charging your phone or other electronic devices. Some might charge you extra for this service. 

Meals During the Gosainkunda Trek

All of your meals during the Gosainkunda Trek are included in this package. And the meals will be provided according to the guesthouse's menu. The menus are not that vast with Nepali stable, Daal Bhat as the most popular and filling items. You can order some noodle items, vegetable curry, egg dishes, momos, flatbreads, fried rice, boiled potatoes, etc. 

For drinking water, you can always ask for boiled water at the teahouses at an additional cost. Or simply, you can carry water purification tablets or filtration bottles to filter the water from open sources.

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India

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